Every gift made to Homeboy Industries assists and helps to
provide hope for an individual seeking a second chance.
Tribute & Memorial gifts are an excellent way to remember a
loved one or to celebrate a special occasion in someone’s life.
Your gift will make a positive impact in the lives of many
formerly gang involved.
When Alexandra Soto crosses the finish line on October 18, she’ll be honoring a man who ran a very different kind of race—and won.
Alex first heard of Homeboy Industries while she was on a walk near her home in downtown Los Angeles. “Once I saw Homeboy Industries on the street, I started following them on Facebook. The posts showed that they were doing good things, providing jobs to people who are trying to transform and rehabilitate themselves.”
Homeboy Industries’ mission “hit the sweet spot” for Alex, who began looking for ways to get involved. She soon signed up as a team captain for the "Every Angeleno Counts" 5K.
For Alex, this is an important mission. “An uncle of mine was in and out of gangs. He was the youngest uncle on my mother’s side. There were eleven kids. My uncle got into trouble every now and then, and this turned into going in and out of jail. For us growing up, it was sad because he’d come around and then he’d have to go back again.”
When Alex was a teenager, things started to change. “I saw my uncle really, really trying. He volunteered at the NASCAR Speedway. He helped out at my brother’s school.” Then, in 2006, tragedy struck. Alex’s uncle passed away suddenly in a car accident. “It was hard on my mom, on all of us. But we were so glad he didn’t die in jail. He didn’t die in any kind of gang activity. I know that in the last nine months of his life, he was at peace.”
Alex sees a strong connection between her uncle’s story and the stories of those who come to Homeboy Industries looking to make a fresh start. “When I walk into Homeboy, people look rough on the exterior. My uncle had gang tattoos and prison tattoos, but his heart—it was a good heart. As a young kid, as a teen, now as an adult, I can see that. It doesn’t matter what someone looks like—what matters is what this person is doing in their life, what steps they’re taking to make a change.”
As the former captain of her high school cross-country team, Alex is excited to assemble her own team for the 5K. A good place to start? Her family of runners. “My mom, my dad, my younger brother who’s fourteen. Adam, my cousin, is a physical trainer—he’ll be running with us. So far I have seven runners and three people who are making donations.”
Alex is actively recruiting more runners for her team. “I’m sending out the link to my page. I’ve sent a mass Facebook message to my friends. This weekend I’ll be creating a Facebook event. With strength in numbers, we’ll be unstoppable!”
Alex’s advice for first-time runners? Running is “mostly a mental thing. I have to start getting into shape myself. First I’ll start by walking uphill on a treadmill, then I’ll start jogging, and finally I’ll start running. Little by little. It’s like that old saying. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
Some of the strongest transformations take place little by little, step by step. Alex says, “You can make a change. One person or many, it doesn’t matter—what matters is making a change in the right direction.”
To learn more about becoming a team captain for the 2014 5k please email email@example.com
Inspired by Homeboy Industries' transformative work, L.A.-based mural artist Chase displayed his own uplifting works in the Homegirl Café for the month of July, with proceeds from sales benefiting job training and wraparound services at Homeboy Industries. Buy yours before they sell out! Click here to view all the available paintings available for purchase currently displayed in the Homegirl Café.
The Stencils being sold are the inspiration for Chase’s world-class murals, hung in over 25 countries around the world.
Always on the move and always creating. Chase is a Belgium-born artist & designer who has painted more than 300 murals in cities around the world. His love for skateboarding brought him to Los Angeles in the mid-90’s, where he continues to live. Chase’s inspiration and often surrealist vision is expressed through mural installations exhibitions, graphic design, and product design. Chase’s motto has always remained the same. “Where there’s a wall, there’s a way” and “Always do what you love.”
Some of Chase’s past clients include TOMS shoes, Rayban, Flip Skateboards, Altamont, Corona, Vitamin Water, Western Union, Puma, Budweiser, Adidas, Levis, Scion, Acura, Andaz Hotels, Bloomingdales, and Palmer Snowboards.
In October 2006, Italian Vogue named Chase one of their favorite street artist in the world amongst Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Space invader. Since then Chase has been featured in more than 40 magazines from over 6 countries.
For more info on Chase and his work please visit: www.theartofchase.com
For more information about how to purchase Chase’ one of a kind works contact:
Phone: (323) 526-1254 ext. 321
Chase’s Stencils will hang in the Homegirl Cafe at 130 West Bruno Street in Los Angeles throughout the month of July. Chase is donating all his proceeds to this innovative organization.
One of the many works currently available:
Kinship Garden Begins a New Stage of Growth
Homeboy Volunteer Jim Oswald led 35 Stanford Alum and friends on Saturday, May 31 for the “Fifth Annual Beyond the Farm Day of Service" in the Kinship Garden. Jim, a senior strategic planner/management consultant with Gensler Los Angeles and member of the Stanford Class of ’82, has been volunteering and organizing community service projects for Stanford at Homeboy/Homegirl Cafe for the last six years.
“I met Fr. Greg when he first started with the Jesuits, through Fr. Jim Rude, a teacher and the director of a social justice organization at Loyola High School,” says Jim. It was through his work with CAM (Christian Action Movement) that Jim developed an interest in working with people who were living at the margins and disenfranchised. “I watched Greg start Homeboy Industries and when I could, got involved and started fundraising and volunteering.”
The Stanford Beyond the Farm Community Service 2014 Program involved some 1800 alums from around the globe in giving back to the communities where they live and work. Jim led the pilot for the Beyond the Farm program several years ago with members of his Stanford Class of ’82.
Says Jim, “We are already gearing up for the 2015 Beyond the Farm Program at Homeboy (May 16). We typically draw about 50-55 alum who want to learn more about Homeboy and be a part of helping to strengthen the program and remove the lethal absence of hope that so clearly impacts the lives of the young men and women who are seeking to reset their futures.”
The May 31st program started with a brunch in the Homegirl Cafe, a facility tour, and remarks by Founder and Executive Director Fr. Greg Boyle and Homeboy Steve Avalos. After that, the team rolled up their sleeves and got to work to help make the Homegirl Cafe more self-sustaining, less reliant on purchased fruits and vegetables. Working with a donation from a local businessman, they planted more than 100 peppers (pobano, habanero, jalapeño), tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatillos, and strawberries; repaired and washed two greenhouses that we built last May as part of the 2013 Beyond the Farm Day of Service; and built three raised planter beds for the zucchini and cucumbers. Moved by the experience, several alumni wanted to do more, so they returned June 28 to complete the raised planters, purchase new cookware, food processors, and blenders for Homegirl Cafe, and improved the garden’s watering system.
Future projects include hanging a sail shade over the picnic/break area to provide shade to Homeboy workers and to the tour participants that sometime begin there. In addition, Jim and his volunteers will be helping Arlin and her team establish outdoor café seating along the sidewalk on Bruno Street. Jim secured an outdoor furniture donation (15 tables and 30 chairs) from Katie Sell and Jessica Penny of West Coast Industries. An outdoor enclosure and Homegirl Café-branded umbrellas for the tables are in the works as well (just waiting for City approvals).
In 2009, Jim and the Stanford alum turned the soil and prepared the vegetable beds near the current herb wall. They planted the beds behind the bakery and in the parking strip in 2010. In 2011, they did some additional planting and clean up in the existing beds. Stanford alum built three planting tables in 2012 to be used in the garden training program. In 2013, they built and planted the two greenhouses.
“We hope to get the garden on its feet over the summer and then begin a more formal urban farming/gardening training program sometime in the fall, so we can involve those homeboys and girls who are interested in gardening to assume greater responsibility for the garden’s upkeep and maintenance,” says Jim. “And I am always looking to identify ‘Friends of the Kinship Garden’, donors who might be interested in supporting the urban farming/gardening training program to help propel the Café into greater self-sufficiency and sustainability.”
“We are going to have a ton of zucchini in about 4-6 weeks – I am thinking zucchini bread and stuffed zucchini on the Café menu.”
Want to be a part – contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspired by Homeboy Industries transformative work, L.A.-based mural artist Chase will hang his own uplifting works in the Homegirl Café for the month of July, with proceeds from sales benefiting job training and wraparound services at Homeboy Industries. Limited $75 tickets are available for the opening night reception with the artist, 3-course dinner, wine auction and art sale.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
6:30p sangria reception/auction
130 W. Bruno St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Homeboy Industries is looking for dedicated volunteers in our Educational Services Department.
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM:
Credentialed Teachers, Retired Educators & GED Teachers: If you have teaching experience, and are available at least a few hours a week, we would love to meet you. We are in need of qualified educators to teach Adult Basic Education classes in Math and Language Arts to prepare our trainees to take the GED Test. Classes are twice weekly for 1-1.5 hours each subject. Availability: T/Th 9am-12pm.
Tutors: We are also searching for qualified individuals to tutor one-on-one with our trainees, as additional support in Math and Language Arts for those who need it. Availability: 1-hour sessions, various times of day.
Computer & Math Specialists: The 2014 GED Test is now computerized, and our trainees need to build familiarity with computerized test taking. Individuals who have experience with this would be helpful in mentoring our trainees. As well, we are looking for someone to facilitate a ‘Mathletics’ class, which is a web-based math learning program used throughout the country. This will help support and reinforce the curriculum presented in the prep classes. Availability: 1-4 hours weekly.
Computer Instructors: We are in need of ongoing volunteers to teach weekly Intro to Computers classes (including Microsoft Office Suite) to our trainees, both basic and intermediate levels. Availability: 1-4 hours weekly.
If you are interested in volunteering with Homeboy in the Educational Services Department and mentoring our trainees, these are some of the immediate areas we could really use your expertise. Please fill out our volunteer application. Thank you so much for your interest!
Friday, June 13th
7th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference
Westin LAX Hotel
5400 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
I’ve attached the conference brochure and below is the link to the registration website:
Join us on May 29th for Transformation Stories Live in the intimate setting of Homegirl Café. Celebrate the lives of the men and women who courageously choose the path of transformation every day at Homeboy Industries as we gather together to hear their stories.
2014 Homeboy Hero Jose Rodriguez and Homeboy trainees will share their stories. The program will be preceded by food and cocktails catered by Homegirl Café.
The event is $12 per person. Proceeds support Homeboy Industries.
When: Thursday, May 29; reception at 5:30, hourlong program at 6 p.m.
Where: Homegirl Café, 130 Bruno St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Please RSVP here: https://homeboyind.wufoo.com/forms/rsvp-for-transformation-stories-live/
“PLACAS: THE MOST DANGEROUS TATTOO” Paul S. Flores & San Francisco International Arts Festival present “Healing from Violence” A Conversation with Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries and Jerry Tello of National Compadres Network & National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute Friday, April 4th, 2014. 5:30pm-7:00pm (updated times), FREE at Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC) 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 You are invited to attend this special conversation with community leaders working on local, national and international levels who will be discussing the topic of “Healing from Violence.”
On Thursday, March 20, 2014, in collaboration with Homeboy Industries, Children's Institute, Inc. will hold a one-day community roundtable to discuss several of the issues related to helping individuals successfully reintegrate into society after incarceration. We hope you'll join us! Click on the image for more information.
Please join us Saturday, December 14 at 4 p.m. for a special holiday edition of our ongoing Transformation Stories events. Experience inspiring stories of kinship and courage from Homeboy trainees, enjoy tamales from Homegirl Cafe and enter the raffle to win a gorgeous gingerbread house from Homeboy Bakery! From the margins to finding the Homeboy community, Homeboy trainees will share their experiences, revealing how while working at Homeboy their lives have been changed and how community trumps gang.
Learn how you can become a sustaining member of the Homeboy Industries community during the holidays and beyond, through our monthly giving program, Tattoos on the Heart.
This afternoon of kinship will feature tamales, as well as other light bites and aguas frescas from Homegirl Café.
Transformation Stories Saturday, December 14th, 2013 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (light bites at 4, program at 4:30) Homegirl Cafe 130 West Bruno Street Los Angeles, California 90012 Come on down. Please bring a friend. Admission by donation.
Presented by Tattoos on the Heart, Homeboy Industries’ new monthly giving program.
Easy monthly giving funds major monthly transformations.
FIGHTING SHADOWS by RICHARD CABRAL, with ROBERT EGAN This is a passionate and poignant one man show celebrating the power of human transformation and redemption. The play is filled with story, poetry, music and love. Raised by a single mother in East Los Angeles, Richard fell victim to the self-destructive cycle that he and his family were born into -- gangs and drug addiction, and a life of crime that began in his early teens. By the age of 14, Richard was incarcerated. By 20 he was accused of shooting a rival gang member and fought a 35-year-to-life sentence. Through his art as actor and storyteller and his relationship with Homeboy Industries, Richard would turn his former life of pain into a thing of beauty. Richard now helps others who still struggle with the violent lives they were born into -- to see the light as he did. This one man show is his story. Richard Cabral is a professional actor who grew up in the gang world of East Los Angeles. He was recently awarded Homeboy Industries “Homeboy Hero Award” given to the former gang member who has moved on, 'graduated" from the Homeboy program, someone who has most profoundly transformed his/her life. Richard has been in five feature films, numerous television shows and now this, his first major theatre piece. His most recent movie appearance was in the Ridley Scott film, THE COUNSELOR. Robert Egan is a professional director, dramaturge and producer. He was the Producing Artistic Director of the Mark Taper Forum for 20 seasons and presently is the Artistic Director/Producer of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Robert has worked with Homeboy Industries for over a decade and was one of the original creators of the Lo Maximo Award ceremony. Suggested $10 donation at the door. Tickets are free. RSVP REQUIRED Performance at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90013
Join us this Saturday for the 4th annual Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk at Los Angeles State Historic Park!
Early packet pick-up is at Homegirl Café on Friday, the night before the race, from 3-7 p.m.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
6-7:30 a.m. - On-site registration and packet pick-up
8 a.m. - Race time
The Homeboy Marketplace will be open until 11 a.m. with food and fun for everyone!
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA
On-site registration will be $45.00/adults, $20.00/kids $40.00/team members. We will accept cash, credit cards & checks.
-Donate to support Team Homeboy as our homeboys and homegirls run alongside case managers, employment services counselors and volunteer teachers. We'll all say thanks!
The Los Angeles Paralegal Association is holding a wine tasting on August 22. Proceeds from the event will go to support job training and the free services and programs offered at Homeboy Industries. Homeboy speakers will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions. Learn more and register at www.lapa.org.
Smothers Theater, Pepperdine University
June 23rd, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Tickets are on sale NOW!
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smothers Theater box office, over the phone at (310) 506-4522, or online at http://pepperdinearts.ticketforce.com/.
VIP Tickets @ $250 include a private post-performance dessert reception with the artists and Father Greg Boyle
Additional tickets are $75 and $45.
Proceeds support job training and wraparound services for formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women at Homeboy Industries. Call (323) 526-1254 x312 with questions. In addition to regular reserved seating tickets, a select number of VIP packages will be available, which will include premium seating within the first three rows, a limited-edition commemorative concert poster, and a meet-and-greet opportunity with Kristofferson, John Flynn, and Homeboy Industries founder Fr. Gregory Boyle after the show.
Thanks to audience support, "G-DOG" has been held over once again through May 19th at Laemmle theaters in Pasadena and Claremont. Saturday, May 18th - 11am // Sunday, May 19th - 11am. Thanks for spreading the word to your friends and family!
* Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
* Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. 2nd St., Claremont, CA 91711
Check out the trailer: G-DOG Trailer
Purchase tickets: Online Tickets
If you missed the SoCal theatrical debut of "G-DOG" last week, you're in luck!! Due to popular demand, "G-DOG", the new documentary about Homeboy and Father Greg, has been extended through this weekend at Laemmle theaters in Santa Monica, North Hollywood, Pasadena and Claremont. Saturday, May 4th - 11am // Sunday, May 5th - 11am.
Join Academy Award-winner, Freida Lee Mock, for a special Q&A following the screening of "G-DOG" in Santa Monica.
Join Homeboy staff for Q&A's following the screenings in NoHo, Pasadena and Claremont.
* Laemmle Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
* Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
* Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
* Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. 2nd St., Claremont, CA 91711
Check out the trailer: G-DOG Trailer
Purchase tickets: Online Tickets
Get your copy today from the Homeboy Industries Merchandise Store and Online.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE DVD NOW
G-Dog is a story about second chances - about the charismatic visionary Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest who rescues kids from gangs by launching the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program, Homeboy Industries, now an international model. "Must See Film..." - Huffington Post "Inspirational" - LA Times "Amazing Film" - Film Talk, KPCC "Riveting…Brilliantly Told" - Latino Weekly Review
Please swing by and support the Homeboy booth at the upcoming LA Times Festival of Books!!! Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st. We'll be near the cooking stage and food trucks in the Blue Zone on Cromwell Field at USC - Booth #2081. Father Greg will be signing his NY Times best-seller, Tattoos on the Heart, and Homegirl Cafe Chef Pati Zarate will sign her beautiful, brand-new cookbook, Hungry for Life. Father Greg will be available: Saturday, 10-11am/4:30-6pm & Sunday, 12-5pm. Chef Pati will be available all throughout each day. We look forward to seeing you there!! Free and open to the public. For more info, go to the event website at: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/
The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is thrilled to present the documentary "G-Dog", by Academy Award-winner Freida Lee Mock, as the first event of the 2013 NVFF K-12 Education & Outreach Program. After a well-received screening at last November's festival, the NVFF wants to continue sharing this important story with the community. Homeboy staffers and "G-Dog" co-stars, Hector Verdugo and Fabian Debora, will attend the screenings and discussions. Please join them at one of the following shows: Tuesday, April 16th, 5:30-8pm - Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School Auditorium. Wednesday, April 17th, 5:30-9pm - Napa District Auditorium. Thursday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30pm - American Canyon High School Auditorium. Possible additional screening in Calistoga TBA. Admission is free for students with ID, and $5 for adults. Tickets sold at door. More info at: http://napavalleyfilmfest.org/2013/gdog-edu/
The 37th Cleveland International Film Festival will screen the new documentary, "G-Dog", for two nights. One of its stars, Homeboy Substance Abuse Counselor and resident artist, Fabian Debora, will be in attendance, along with Academy Award-winner, Freida Lee Mock. Two screenings: Friday, April 5th, 7:10pm. Saturday, April 6th, 4:40pm. Tower City Cinemas, Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron Road, Cleveland, OH 44113. For more info, go to: http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2013/g-dog.
For those Homeboy supporters who live Down Under, please go support the Closing Night screening of "G-Dog", the new doco about Homeboy Industries and Father Greg, by Academy Award winner Freida Mock. Homeboy staffers, and "G-Dog" stars, Louis Perez and Fabian Debora, will be there to welcome you with big, open arms! Please stop by to say g'day and lend your support. Tuesday, March 5th. 6pm. Big Picture Film Festival, Event Cinemas, Sydney, Australia. Tickets required. More info at: http://www.thebigpicture.org.au/wordpress/?event=g-dog-closing-night-film-plus-supper-package
Saturday, December 15, 2012
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Los Angeles State Historic Park
Join us for a great morning in the park to support Homeboy Industries!
- Registration & check-in open at 6:00am
- Come early for breakfast and shopping in the Homeboy Marketplace
- Race begins at 8am
- Stay late for post-race lunch, shopping, entertainment and community booths
What you can do now:
- Sign up to run!
- Spread the word!
- Put together a team!
- Become a corporate sponsor!
- Donate to support Team Homeboy as our homeboys and homegirls run along side case managers, employment services counselors and volunteer teachers. We'll all say thanks!
- $40 Adults
- $20 Children
- $30 Groups (10 or more registrants)
Each registrant will receive an exclusive 2012 Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk t-shirt, along with a goodie bag and a certificate for free Angela's Potion in the Homegirl Cafe or Homeboy Bakery.
Meet Homeboy Industries' Associate Executive Director, Hector Verdugo, and Director of Re-Entry Services, Shirley Torres, cast members in the new documentary G-Dog, a film by Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock at a VIP reception and benefit screening. Saturday, October 13th. 7pm. Sun Valley Opera House, Sun Valley, ID. Tickets required. http://www.sunvalleyonline.com/2012/10/02/g-dog-sun-valley-film-premiere
Bring a picnic or grab dinner at the Homeboy Marketplace, rock out to your favorite Oingo Boingo songs with Johnny Vatos Boingo Dance Party (featuring former members of Oingo Boingo) and then, after the sun goes down, watch an advance screening of “G-DOG”, the new documentary from Academy Award ® Winning filmmaker, Freida Lee Mock. The film follows Father Greg Boyle and the men and women of Homeboy Industries as they faced the financial crisis that almost closed their doors forever.
Gates @ 6:00pm / Band @ 7:30pm / Movie @ 8:30pm
General Admission is $40 (advance)/$45 (regular), VIP is $150 (advance)/$155 (regular). To purchase tickets, please CLICK HERE or call 323.461.3673
"G-Dog", the new film by Academy Award winning film maker, Freida Lee Mock, will be screening at this year's LA Film Fest on Father's Day (Sunday, June 17, 2012) at 4:20pm at the Regal Cinemas at Regal Cinemas LA Live. Tickets are free, but space is limited. For more information about the LA Film Fest, and to reserve your tickets, go here. The documentary, which features Father Greg, Hector Verdugo, Louis Perez, Shayna Welcher, Brian Moon and Kyle Shoaf, chronicles life at Homeboy Industries during the economic crisis that almost forced it to close its doors. For more information about the film, visit their website at www.gdogthemovie.com.
The Los Angeles Unified School District has taken away most funding for Adult Education within the district. Adult Education is vital for the members of this community as it is an affordable source of quality education and vocational training. Please join Father Gregory Boyle and Homeboy Industries as we open our doors to the public and invite our community's leaders to candidly discuss this impacting issue. Friday, June 8 @ 4pm Homeboy Industries Headquarters 130 West Bruno Street Los Angeles, CA 90012